Roots, Americana at Billy's Tavern

Dec 28, 2012
Poor Old Shine

Thomaston — Poor Old Shine will brings roots and Americana music to Billy's Tavern Friday night, Jan. 4. The Connecticut-based band will perform with special guest Jonah Tolchin, who will be a featured performer at the 2013 Newport Folk Festival. The Midcoast can see him first, beginning 8:30 p.m. Cover charge is $7.

Poor Old Shine travels with an assortment of instruments including guitars, banjos, pump organ, mandolin, string bass, musical saw, washboard and a yard-sale-scrap-metal drum set. It plays old songs with a new feel, banjos with paint peeled; shoes with holes and treadless soles; and music that is real, foot stomping, mind racing, dirty down-home Americana.

From their hand-painted cereal box CD cases to their thoughtful arrangements, Poor Old Shine is about honesty and handcrafted creativity. Poor Old Shine’s music is rooted in the folk and Appalachian mountain music tradition and fits in well at bluegrass festivals and rock clubs alike. The band has been compared favorably to The Band, John Prine and Johnny Cash.

Each set will mix the band's original songwriting with traditional folk ballads, prison work songs and front porch-style jamming. Poor Old Shine features Chris Freeman (banjo), Max Shakun (guitar, pump organ), Antonio Alcorn (mandolin), Harrison Goodale (bass) and Brian Conlon (washboard and auxiliary percussion).

Since forming at University Of Connecticut in 2011, Poor Old Shine has played to sellout crowds at some of the best venues in southern New England including the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, Mass. The band performed at the Emerging Artist Showcase at the 2012 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and was voted fan favorite at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival in Norwich, Conn. To check out their music, visit or search for Poor Old Shine on Facebook and YouTube.

Billy’s Tavern is downtown at the corner of Beechwood and Starr streets, behind the business block.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or

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